BioCentury | Jul 31, 2020
Distillery Therapeutics

Activating potassium channel KCNJ3 to treat epilepsy

DISEASE CATEGORY: Neurology INDICATION: Epilepsy A thiophenylurea-based activator of the potassium channel KCNJ3 could treat epilepsy. In a mouse model of chemically induced epilepsy, the KCNJ3 activator reduced seizure severity and the duration of tonic...
BioCentury | Feb 21, 2018
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Neurology

INDICATION: Depression Rat studies suggest inhibiting KCNJ10 in the lateral habenula could help treat depression. In a rat model of depression, astrocyte levels of KCNJ10 in the lateral habenula were higher than in normal rats....
BioCentury | Feb 14, 2018
Preclinical News

Three targets in the same brain region could alleviate depression

A Zhejiang University team published a pair of papers in Nature suggesting ketamine works by modulating the firing of neurons in the lateral habenula, a brain region that controls reward signaling. The studies point to...
BioCentury | Aug 25, 2016
Distillery Techniques

Techniques: Rats and dogs treated with potassium channel Kir1.1 (KCNJ1) inhibitor as models of rare genetic disease Bartter syndrome

Disease models TECHNOLOGY: Animal models Rats and dogs treated with a KCNJ1 inhibitor could be used to screen therapies for Bartter syndrome, a genetic disease involving low potassium levels and consequent cardiovascular and renal symptoms....
BioCentury | May 21, 2015
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Therapeutics: ATP-dependent potassium channel (KATP)

...compared with no treatment. Next steps include investigating the role of potassium channels Kir6.1 ( KCNJ8...
BioCentury | May 1, 2014
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Indication: Neurology

Indication Target/marker/pathway Summary Licensing status Publication and contact information Neurology Huntington's disease (HD) Potassium channel Kir4.1 (KCNJ10) Mouse studies suggest increasing Kir4.1 expression could help treat HD. In mouse models of HD, striatal astrocytes were...
BioCentury | Sep 30, 2013
Clinical News

Lund University endocrine/metabolic data

Researchers at the university and colleagues reported data from a meta-analysis of 3,610 Type II diabetics showing that carriers of the E23K variant of the KCNJ11 gene had significantly increased rates of total mortality (42%...
BioCentury | Sep 26, 2013
Clinical News

Polymorphism linked to CV death in diabetics

Researchers at Lund University reported data from a meta-analysis of 3,610 Type II diabetics showing that carriers of the E23K variant of the potassium channel Kir6.2 (KCNJ11) gene had significantly increased rates of total mortality...
BioCentury | Dec 20, 2012
Strategy

MRC Technology extends reach

After six years of focusing on developing small molecule drug candidates and humanizing therapeutic mAbs, both mostly from U.K. source, MRC Technology , the commercialization arm of the country's Medical Research Council , is taking its search...
BioCentury | Jul 26, 2012
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Indication: Autoimmune disease

Indication Target/marker/pathway Summary Licensing status Publication and contact information Autoimmune disease Multiple sclerosis (MS) Potassium channel KIR4.1 (KCNJ10) Human studies suggest detecting serum antibodies against KCNJ10 could help diagnose MS. Immunoreactive assays of human serum...
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